Thanks to TV series like “Portlandia” and “The Librarians,” show business is still booming in Oregon and there are still new projects in our future. Casting Director Lana Veenker stopped by KATU’s Afternoon Live on March 28th to fill in Tra’Rénee on the latest.
Lana Veenker and Oregon Film Commissioner Tim Williams recently sat down with Mary Loos from KATU to talk about Oregon’s growing film industry. Grimm and Portlandia have ended, but their success, along with Oregon’s reputation and film incentive, make the possibility of higher quality productions in the future probable.
As some of you may have heard, our offices were damaged by a fire on Saturday, August 27th. Luckily, no one was injured, and the fire, which started on the roof, did not reach our floor. The smoke and water damage to our space, however, made it impossible to use and left us scrambling for an alternative. KATU covered the story:
Thankfully, we have been able to keep to our schedule by renting out space from nearby businesses. As we wade through waterlogged files, bag up garbage that used to be office supplies, and work out where to recycle the soaked electronics, we are staying positive, knowing that it could have been much worse.
We are grateful for the outpouring of support and offers of help that we received from our community through social media, phone calls and emails.
Meanwhile, the show must go on! Casting continues at a lively pace as we head into fall, and we’re grateful for that as well.
Thanks to TV shows like “The Librarians” and “Portlandia,” show business is booming in Oregon. Casting Director Lana Veenker stopped by AM Northwest on March 30th to talk to Helen Raptis about what types of productions could be coming to the state soon.
The fun-filled day featured mock auditions, a Q&A with the team at CIS, and guest speakers Mary McDonald-Lewis (dialect coach), Kendall Wells (fight choreographer and instructor), and Grimm Executive Producer Norberto Barba.
The celebration ended with a press reception, with guests including Mayor and First Lady Hales, Representative Lew Frederick, Portland Development Commission’s Brian Lord, Portland City Council candidate Fred Stewart and many others.
When TV and film productions come to town, job openings come too! Casting Director Lana Veenker stopped by AM Northwest on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, to fill us in on what’s going on now, and possible job opportunities too!
In case you missed the segment on AM Northwest this morning, here it is!
“It’s a movie based on the best-selling book by local author Cheryl Strayed. Wild is playing now in Portland and we were happy to be joined by two local actors who played memorable parts, Jan Hoag and Will Cuddy, along with Casting Director Lana Veenker.”
On Monday, December 8th, Portland’s Cinema 21 welcomed actresses Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, director Jean-Marc Vallée, author Cheryl Strayed, and producer Bruna Papandrea at the red-carpet premiere of Wild.
AM Northwest producer Tammy Hernandez was on hand to talk to all of them (as well as our own Lana Veenker) about the joys and benefits of shooting the film in Oregon.
Update: Catch also this segment on the Portland Wild premiere by Sheila Hamilton on KINK FM:
It was a whirlwind trip to Toronto for Lana earlier this month!
First stop was the Rising Stars mixer hosted by the Casting Society of America on the rooftop of the TIFF Light Box Building. The Rising Stars initiative is similar to Shooting Stars, which Lana attends each year at the Berlinale as a member of the International Casting Directors Network.
Rising Stars takes four up-and-coming Canadian actors each year, selected by a Festival jury. These four are then immersed in a series of public events and private industry meetings at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Casting directors, agents, high-profile actors, producers, studio executives, distributors, press and festival programmers turned out for a lovely brunch and a press Q&A moderated by actress Sandra Oh.
Next up was the “Wild” reception, but not without a bit of help from hair and make-up first!
Lana enjoyed reconnecting with Author Cheryl Strayed, Director Jean-Marc Vallée and other members of the “Wild” creative team at the reception on the Garden Terrace at the Shangri-La Hotel.
Finally, it was time for the highly-anticipated premiere of “Wild” at the sold-out, 2630-seat Roy Thompson Hall!
The film turned out as fantastic and full of heart as hoped! True to the spirit of the book, while also standing on its own.
Cast Iron Studios was responsible for casting around 30 of the supporting roles in “Wild,” and our actors did great! But don’t take our word for it: